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Research & Innovation

Research & Innovation

Engaging in modern farming practises and innovative methods to deliver solutions to enhance the lives of farmers, farming communities and livestock has always been at the core of Buitelaar's ethos. We aspire to make continuous improvements to assist farmers through current and future industry challenges; supportive of new ideas and new ways of doing business whilst prioritising farm animal welfare.

As a progressive and forward-thinking business, we have become a source of excellence in the animal life cycle in a number of respects, including but not limited to the work of the Buitelaar Technical Team (a dedicated team of calf specialists), trials and collaborative research and new product development. The business' passion for excellent livestock welfare has previously received recognition in the form of The Good Calf Award in 2019 by Compassion in World Farming.

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Recent Achievements

To date, Buitelaar's work with British Rose Veal and Beef, has seen:

  • The dramatic reduction in the culling of dairy bull calves within the UK
  • The launch of the High Health Units – Buitelaar designed calf housing created to promote a high health status, enhance protection from disease and alleviate space on TB restricted farms
  • The reduction of antibiotic use within the supply chain, replacing antibiotics with natural products where possible, whilst maintaining our high welfare standards
  • The establishment of full traceability throughout the Buitelaar supply chain, enabling the ability to trace each animal back to the farm of origin


As the connecting link between farmers and consumers, Buitelaar are open to hearing of new research-driven opportunities. In the past, work in this area has come in many formats, such as on-farm support and collaborative trials, however our Development Farm, acquired in 2019, offers vast opportunity for research and development, on-farm trials and extensive education and demonstration. To find out more about Long Lane Development Farm, please click here.

New Product Development

More recently, investment into new product development has seen the innovative design of the High Health Units brought to life, using 50 years of calf rearing knowledge and experience by the late Tim Walwin. This innovative design of flexible and free-standing calf housing was designed with improved farm animal welfare in mind to create the ultimate environment for the young animal. It is therefore, also ideal for alleviating space restrictions during TB breakdowns on dairy farms, owing to the simple connection of prefabricated modules and quick erection element. To find out more about our Calf Housing, please click here.

Joanne Measuring Calf

Our Commitment

We are committed to tackling industrywide issues in order to drive the cattle industry forwards. With continuous investment and development into state-of-the-art facilities and R&D, our learnings are fully utilised within both the Buitelaar Supply Chain and wider industry, benefitting the lives of farming families, communities and their livestock.

Awards & Accolades

  • Compassion in World Farming Good Calf Award
  • Dairy Ambassador of the Year

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within Buitelaar or in a collaborative capacity, please get in touch.



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Our Awards

We are proud of the recognition we have received for our commitment to the highest possible welfare standards in our supply chain which aids our goal of delivering a top-quality finished product to our customers.